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NYT Now Reporting What's on Big Government

June 6, 2011

If the New York Times has now embraced Andrew Breitbart's reporting on Anthony Weiner, I think it's safe to say Weiner is cooked:

Representative Anthony D. Weiner, a Queens Democrat already under fire because of an online episode involving a young female college student who followed him on Twitter, may be facing even more trouble.

The conservative Web site Big Government reported on Monday that it had been contacted by a woman who said she had exchanged intimate photos and online communications with Mr. Weiner.

The report did not identify the woman or provide information about the woman’s relationship with Mr. Weiner, who aggressively uses social media to communicate with constituents and supporters.

In Monday’s report, Andrew Breitbart, who runs the Web site, said that it would be providing further details throughout the day, including photographs and timelines.

Mr. Weiner’s spokesman has not responded to telephone and text-message requests for comment.

The Times does add its obligatory Breitbart disclaimer to please the good folks at Media Matters:

Mr. Breitbart has a checkered history when it comes to accuracy. His credibility was damaged considerably after a video he released of a black Department of Agriculture official making what appeared to be prejudiced remarks was revealed to be heavily edited. The official, Shirley Sherrod, was not in fact disparaging whites, but telling a story about how she overcame her prejudices.

Mr. Breitbart, who used to help Matt Drudge run the Drudge Report and worked for Arianna Huffington, now has a network of his own websites that draw attention to conservative causes that he and his followers feel are often overlooked by the mainstream media.

He has been a major force behind legitimizing James O’Keefe, the conservative activist and video muckracker who helped undermine Acorn and later drew negative attention to Planned Parenthood and NPR.

And in other Weinergate news, Radar Online provides details from another woman who the gossip site alleges carried on a sexting relationship with the Congressman, as well as phone-sex from his Congressional office.

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